The lifeblood of every business lies in its working capital. This capital flows into operations costs, salaries, inventory, and other vital expenses. For SMEs, there may be challenges in keeping up their working capital, causing delays in their business goals.
Acquiring business funds can be the boost you need for getting a start on your business objectives while maintaining stability throughout. A US Small Business Administration study reported that business loans, business credit cards, or lines of credit had finance three-fourths of new firms.
Meanwhile, 27% of businesses surveyed by the National Small Business Association claimed that lack of funding hindered the growth of their businesses.
It’s time to consider business funding if you are anticipating the following:
➣ Seasonal profits
Depending on the nature of your business, you may experience regular peak and lean seasons. Additional financing can provide the capital needed to operate through slow times or acquire the necessary resources for increased traffic during peak season.
Your regular financial planning should be able to determine the trends and patterns in these seasons, allowing you to gauge your financial needs better.
➣ Expansion of operations
Business growth is essential, and you need the appropriate amount of fund to support expansions, such as launching a new product, moving to a new location, or increasing resources for fulfilling orders. Your plans for development can affect the amount of funding needed and the urgency of acquiring the capital for it.
➣ Hiring and talent acquisition
The growth of your business can mean that a larger workforce will be needed to accommodate the scale of operations. The efforts to scout for new hires like traditional and digital advertising, partnering with recruitment agencies, enacting referral systems and the like will require spending.
Additionally, this will mean more people will be receiving salaries. Careful coordination of your recruitment with the overall business plan is needed to get an accurate estimate for how much you will be spending to seek out workers, and how much new hires will be paid.
➣ Asset acquisition
Getting the necessary tools and equipment for your operations is a top priority. This can take the form of upgrades for streamlining processes, replacing outdated or broken equipment, or acquiring new assets to accommodate your business’ growth, all of which are very costly. Strategic planning of acquisitions can play a significant role in helping your company effectively spend its capital.
➣ Upcoming transition period
Changes are unavoidable in business operations— like the implementation of new processes and adding products or services to your offerings. This kind of transition may require additional working capital. An effective transition plan should have considerations for possible financial needs.
You Do Need Business Funding—Right Now!
While you may not be making the changes as soon as possible, the best time to secure external funding would be before it is crucially needed. Your company has a better chance of obtaining a loan, line of credit, or investment capital while it is in a stable financial position.
Planning is essential for growth and expansion, and considering your financial options can spell all the difference for your business’ future.